Alien Blood!: Chlorosulfuric Acid Destroying A Tangerine

May 17, 2017

This is a video of chlorosulfuric acid eatings its way through a tangerine. Reminds you of xenomorph blood, doesn't it? Now let's see what it can do to a human finger. As it just so happens *ninja-sneaking up on sleeping roommate with a pair of garden shears* I happen to have one right here.

Chlorosulfuric acid (IUPAC name: sulfurochloridic acid) is the inorganic compound with the formula HSO3Cl. It is also known as chlorosulfonic acid, being the sulfonic acid of chlorine. It is a distillable, colorless liquid which is hygroscopic and a powerful lachrymator.

Seriously though, could you not have used one of those bodies donated to science to see what it would do to a finger? That's what I want my body used for when I die. Or to be cryogenically frozen before I die so I can be reanimated in the future to spread my wealth of knowledge to a whole new generation. And by wealth of knowledge I mean rabies. I was bitten by a raccoon. "Was it rabid?" That, or the angriest raccoon of all time.

Keep going for the whole video.

Thanks to Marcus O, who agrees that is not how you peel a tangerine.

  • Michel Laforest Mongeau

    Nice way to peel an orange.

  • TJ Wilferd

    Still nothing compared to xenomorph blood though.

  • The_Wretched

    Is it reacting with the water or the hydrocarbons?

  • GeneralDisorder

    "hygroscopic and a powerful lachrymator"

    So it's absorbing water and doing whatever lachrymator does. Apparently irritate the tangerine's eyes... Take that!

  • JimmyJam

    It's reacting with the acid.

  • The_Wretched

    my "it" was the acid, the question is about which chemicals of the orange.

  • Daniel Holstein

    Anything that will take a hydrogen ion, right? Interestingly, citrus are pretty acidic anyway.

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